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Lightning strikes shape tropical forests

September 2, 2022

New UW–Madison research helps establish lightning as an environmental driver that may dictate what trees will make up tropical forests in the future.

New institute will probe biology in the absence of water

August 30, 2022

The microscopic, hardy tardigrade. Image courtesy of National Park Service They’re microscopic, they have eight legs and they basically resemble tiny, wrinkly bears.

Altered gene helps plants absorb more carbon dioxide, produce more useful compounds

June 8, 2022

If scientists could add a trait like this to crops or drug-producing plants, it could help them produce more chemicals naturally while reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

UW scientists decipher the mysteries of enigmatic fungi

October 14, 2021

“There are very few places on the globe where you have the collection of expertise with fungi that we have at UW–Madison,” says Anne Pringle, a professor of botany.

First we tamed turnips. Then we turned them into bok choy and other veggies.

May 19, 2021

This new research represents the most complete look yet at how humans domesticated the ubiquitous species Brassica rapa, untangling the complex web of domestication.

Spring’s arrival provides reassurance

March 20, 2020

With the COVID-19 crisis roiling life on campus and all over the world, it's reassuring to see that spring arrived on Thursday, March 19. This year's spring equinox arrived early, and it was welcome.

Greenhouse a refuge from winter woes

February 13, 2020

There’s a place you can go to escape the snow, the cold and the watery gray of a Wisconsin winter. Not California or Florida, but somewhere right here on campus. The Botany Greenhouse in Birge Hall is an 8,000-square-foot oasis of warmth and greenery. Remember green?

Lifelike chemistry created in lab search for ways to study origin of life

November 14, 2019

The work is far from jumpstarting life in the lab. Yet, it shows that simple laboratory techniques can spur the kinds of reactions that are likely necessary to explain how life got started on Earth some four billion years ago.

‘Foray’ draws scientists to Wisconsin in search of mushrooms, fellowship

November 20, 2018

Now in its 44th year, the Smith Lake States Mycological Foray gathers mushroom experts to collect samples, share mycological gossip and debate the evolution of these enigmatic organisms.

Autumn fades on the prairie

November 12, 2018

The final days of fall bring their own unique colors and textures, stark yet lovely, to the Curtis Prairie at UW–Madison's Arboretum.

Researchers find value in unusual type of plant material

September 28, 2018

UW-Madison scientists have shown that a recently-discovered variety of lignin, catechyl lignin (C-lignin), has attributes that could make it well-suited as the starting point for a range of bioproducts.

In dangerous fungal family’s befriending of plants, a story of loss

September 28, 2018

Researchers show that gene loss — not the evolution of new genes — helped drive the fly amanita mushroom into its symbiotic relationship with plants.

An ocean apart, carnivorous pitcher plants create similar communities

August 28, 2018

Asian pitchers transplanted to Massachusetts bogs can mimic the living communities of natives so well that the pitcher plant mosquito — a specialized insect that evolved to complete its life cycle exclusively in North American pitchers — lays eggs in the impostors, new research shows.

Greenhouses contend with the climate to keep plants growing

August 21, 2018

The university's greenhouses, which include plants from all over the world, provide study material for botany and horticulture courses and the precisely controlled climates required for research experiments.

Valuable potato specimens transferred to Wisconsin State Herbarium

November 16, 2017

A large collection of potato specimens have been transferred from the U.S. Potato Genebank in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, to the Wisconsin State Herbarium at UW–Madison, which has 1.3 million specimens.